Carnegie Mellon University

Ebenezer Concepción

Ebenezer Concepción

Presidential Post-Doc, Hispanic Studies

Bio

Ebenezer Concepción studies the intersections of sex, gender, and race in nineteenth and twentieth-century Latin American and Iberian literatures and cultures. He specifically draws from critical queer, race, modernist, and postcolonial studies to examine how Spanish, Cuban, and Brazilian writers portray marginalized individuals in their works and how these subjects exercise their free will and agency to navigate and subvert systems of oppression.

His dissertation, “Inverting (Trans)Modern Subjects: Toward a (Re)Vision of Sex, Gender, and Race in Two Novels by Alfonso Hernández-Catá (1885-1940),” critically analyzes inversion as a literary trope in two novels by cosmopolitan writer and Cuban diplomat to Latin America and Europe, Alfonso Hernández-Catá: La piel (1913) and El ángel de Sodoma (1928). Ebenezer (re)examines how these texts revise the stigmatization of sex, gender, and racial difference in modern contexts and how the characters in his texts subvert the oppressive ways in which sex, gender, and racial biases and discourses were symbolically constructed and practiced in European and Latin American societies during the first third of the twentieth century. 

Ebenezer has been a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago (UChicago), which awarded him a prize lectureship for a course that he designed and taught entitled, “Embodiment and Identity in the Literatures of the Hispanic Caribbean (20th and 21st Centuries).” In addition to courses on Hispanic American literature and culture, he has taught research methods and academic writing for undergraduates, Spanish and Portuguese languages, and English as a second language. 

Of Puerto Rican heritage, Ebenezer is a native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and grew up in Union City, New Jersey. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American & Latinx Studies from Saint Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) and is the first in his family to earn a master’s and doctoral degree (both at UChicago). He has also served on diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs in higher education.

Education

PhD, The University of Chicago, 2019

MA, The University of Chicago, 2013

BA, Saint Peter’s University, 2008